3 Ways to Wave Your Hair Using a Curling Iron

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Hello there! Today we are showing you how you can curl your hair 3 different ways using 1 curling iron- the Hot Tools Signature Series 1 inch curling iron. If you're like me, you didn't even realize there were so many different ways to curl your hair with just one curling iron! But it can be done. And it's a good thing for us because we love variety.
My favorite thing about the Hot Tools Signature Series 1 inch curling iron is that it has different heat settings for different types of hair. You can turn the heat up or down based on your hair needs. And bonus, it's a great gift for the beauty lover in your life! Or really anyone who likes to do their hair.
And you should probably get one for yourself. You can find the Signature Series at Walmart or Amazon, so I'd say it's pretty accessible!
Anyway, let's get down to it.
1. Traditional Curling. The first way to curl your hair is using the curling iron the traditional way. Watch this video to achieve this look. This is a more polished curl, and you can make it more tousled by curling smaller sections of hair and using a texturized spray.
2. Wand Curling. The second way is to use the curling iron like a wand. This gives you more waves/curls on each piece of hair/ you are getting a tighter curl. This is kind of like a mixture between #1 + #3. It's a not as beachy as #3 and not as polished as #1. Our friend Ashley has a tutorial on this here.
3. "S" Wave Curling. The third way takes a little time to master, but is probably my favorite way- the S wave. To me this is the true "beach wave." What I like about this curl is that if you scrunch your hair while it's wet and dry it with a diffuser, you can just choose a few pieces to curl like this when it's dry. The result is a little messy but effortless. To me this curl is less polished and more cool. My hairstylist recently told me this was "the cool girl wave." Watch the video below to see how to create this wave.
What is your favorite curl out of all 3 styles? I think it's fun to try all 3 styles and change it up every now and then. But at this very moment, the "S" wave is my go-to.
If you are in the market for a new curling iron, flat iron, or hair dryer, check out the Hot Tools Signature Series! And if you want to refer to this post in the future, pin the image below!
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Make This $180 Anthropologie Tree Skirt For Only $20

The other day I was scrolling through Anthropologie's website and happened upon this beautiful tree skirt. Then I saw the price of $180 and gasped. I knew instantly we had to make one ourselves and pass on how to do so to you guys. We managed to make this $180 tree skirt for $20, so basically I'm saving you $160 right now 😂😂😂

1 yd of fabric (sherpa or fleece

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Make sure to watch the video below for the step-by-step instructions on how to make this Anthropologie inspired tree skirt.

What's also great about this a DIY that is easy enough for people who aren't heavy DIYers. You don't need fancy tools or any skills. You only need a small amount of patience making the tassels.

We made 12 tassels for our tree skirt and you could do more or less. And they are the perfect thing to make while you are watching your 20th cheesy Christmas movie.

Lastly, this is so customizable. We used a sherpa fleece for the material and you could do felt which you can get in a wide variety of colors. Of course yarn comes in every color of the rainbow, so your options are limitless really. To make this DIY as easy as possible, I would make sure to choose a fabric that doesn't need to be hemmed because hemming a circle is one of the more terrible things you could do.

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DIY Clay Sweater Ornament

I was inspired to make these clay sweater ornaments by a video I saw on Instagram. They were making coasters that had nothing to do with Christmas, but I knew immediately I wanted to try to create a kitschy vintage-like ornament. I think these turned out almost exactly like I had first imagined them!

If you don't want something as colorful as our ornaments, you can definitely use less colors. Once you understand what you need to do, you can customize however you'd like!

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My favorite thing about working with Polymer clay is that you can do so many different things with it. You can make some pretty fancy looking crafts. And when you think about how cheap clay is, it's pretty impressive what you can create. Plus, it's easy to work with!

We think it's easier to show you what we are doing through video, so you'll find the instructions in this Vlogmas episode!

For this project, you will need:

You could make these ornaments in many different styles. I think it would be really cute to use all one color or even one color with one different colored stripe down the middle. The colors and shapes options are endless!

If you make these ornaments, share a photo on Instagram and tag us so we can see!

xo, Savannah

10 Christmas Decorations For a Boho Fireplace

Today on Vlogmas Day 5 we are sharing with you how we turn our fireplace into a boho wonderland Christmas scene. We decorated our fireplace the same way we did last year and didn't make any changes because we loved it so much. I'm surprised we were able to keep it such a neutral palette because we are typically such color-loving ladies. But for once in my life, I don't miss the color.

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It's more winter-y than Christmasy and if we took down the stockings, we might get away with leaving all the lights up all winter long. We have a variety of 4 different string lights which I think is what makes it seem so magical. If you haven't caught on to this yet, we love love love copper string lights. We use them all the time and have several strands. They are all over our house and we love to use them when we are styling photos.

Below we have some similar items to what we have on our fireplace.

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1. DIY Fa La Freakin' La Print
2. Copper Lights
3. Paper Star Lantern
4. Bottle Brush Trees- white  + green 
5. DIY Boho Stocking or a similar one to buy
6. Wooden Bead Garland
7. Gold Garland
8. Star Lights
9. Mini Silver Christmas Tree
10.White Birchwood Logs

Well, we hope you enjoy the video! Don't forget to check our Instagram picture from yesterday to have a chance to win Paddywax candles.

7 Cute Christmas Letter Board Sayings

Christmastime is here, ya'll. We are feeling it in Hey Wandererland. This is the best time for the warm fuzzies of Christmas, ya know? The stress of Christmas hasn't hit. You probably have just gotten your house all decorated and it's looking so cute. You're not feeling overwhelmed by all the presents you need to buy and you haven't been bombarded by Christmas from every retailer in America. This time is when Christmas feels hopeful, cheery, and delightful. I certainly hope it always stays that way for you :)

Without further ado, I bring you some Christmas sayings for your letter board. Unfortunately, my brain did not allow me to come up with too many original sayings like I did for the fall letter board post. Nonetheless, these are our favorites! So "fa la freakin la" is a Casey original saying. You can ask Savannah, my personal specialty is remixing songs. Christmas carols are one of my favorite things to remix, and that's where this top saying came from.

We purchased our letter board at TJ Maxx and I haven't been able to find another one exactly like it. I'm linking one here that is double sided- black on one side and white on the other. Here are red letters. And here is a pack of multi-colors that contains green so you can use red + green letters if ya want. One thing you need to pay attention to when you buy a letter board is the size letters you need. Our board needs 3/4 inch size letters.

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What is more classic than Home Alone? Well, I guess there are a lot more movies that were around before Home Alone, but it's definitely one of our favorites. We couldn't let this quote miss this Christmas letter board post.
Christmas countdowns are fun! I've done advent calendars before and marked off a regular calendar counting down the days until Christmas. It just builds up the excitement and I think kids would love it!
I've seen this one a lot but it makes me laugh. If you'll notice the 'N' in tangle is red instead of green. Well, that got Savannah's tinsel in a tangle. 😆😆😆
Nothing original here but it's just a cheery phrase that makes me feel jolly!

So, I haven't seen this on a Christmas letter board yet, and i really don't know why. It's the greatest Christmas lyric from the greatest boy band of all time. I know you know I'm talking about NSYNC and their Christmas song, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. This song is a good time and puts me in a good mood. 

Well guys, that's it for today. If you have any other great Christmas sayings let us know in the comments. Also, we are doing Vlogmas over on our YouTube channel, so go check that out. We are going to have a video posted every day from December 1-24. There will be lots of DIYs- home decor + gifts, etc. 

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Mini Cactus Christmas Tree DIY

Have you stopped breathing because of the adorableness of the above scene?! Call the ambulance. This is one of my favorite DIYs we've ever done. We did this giant cactus Christmas tree last year and I freaking love it! But it's huge and not everyone has room for something that large. Also, it was a little more involved and Savannah figured out a way to make these smaller ones and it's super easy + inexpensive to make!

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In the video below we break down exactly how to create the mini cactus in this photo. Also, today is the first day of Vlogmas on You Tube, so this our gift to you. A fun and quirky DIY. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow along with this Vlogmas mania. A video coming to ya everyday from Dec 1-24. We've gone mad!

And if you don't wanna mess with any of this you can buy a full-size Cactus Christmas Tree all for yourself already made here.

Supplies you will need:
1 1/4 inch PVC pipe (the size used for the silver cactus)
3/4 inch PVC pipe (smaller gold cactus)
- 2 elbows 1 1/4 inch or 3/4 inch
- 2 T fittings 1 1/4 inch or 3/4 inch
- rocks
- garland silver /gold green
copper lights
white christmas lights
colored christmas lights
PVC cutter

Thanks for stopping by! We home you've enjoyed this DIY as much as we do. Merry Christmas :)

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DIY Minimal Wooden Christmas Tree

We recently saw a really cool Christmas tree alternative from someone we follow on Instagram and we instantly knew we had to make one for ourselves. This exact same thing happened last year with our cactus Christmas tree! We find so much inspiration from creators on Instagram. (You can find out account here!) We figured this DIY would be a great one to share with all of you!

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Our wooden Christmas tree is a little rustic, a little modern, minimal, perfect for people who can't have real trees, really simple to make, and something a different. We figured the best way to show you how we made ours would be to actually show you on video, so you will find that below!

To make this DIY you will need:
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- 3- 8'x2"x4" pieces of wood
- Pencil
- Scissors

This tree is going to be really easy to store after Christmas as you can just remove the two bottom legs and you'll have a very flat tree. No more squishing the tree back into a box that's way too small! Well, unless you have multiple trees like us.

And if you are looking for the simple decorations we used in this DIY, you can find the copper light strands here (they are battery operate so your tree can go anywhere!) and you can find some similar garland here.

If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration, stick around because on December 1 we are starting our first ever Vlogmas series over on our YouTube channel! If you've never heard of Vlogmas before, basically it's a series of videos that run from Dec 1- Dec 24. So the goal is to post a new video every single day! We've got our work cut out for us, but we hope you will join us to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

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A Guide To Fall Creek Falls State Park: 7 Things To Do

Fall Creek Falls State Park is, by far, my favorite state park we've ever visited. Maybe it was the colors of the leaves and the time of year... but it was phenomenal. It is sort of like a tiny national park with it's lookouts and drivable loops. Why had I not heard of it's awesome-ness before? I've seen photos of the waterfall but in all honesty, that was my least favorite part of the park.

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Now I'm not gonna lie, our time at Fall Creek Falls State Park was cold. The days were lovely, but the nights were almost unbearable for us tent campers. If you go to the park this time of year (beginning of November) you'd probably be more comfortable in a cabin or camper than a tent. And trust me, this is the time of year you want to be there. Now let's talk about some things you should do while you are there!

1. Drive around at sunrise. The first thing you should do is wake up early. If you are camping in a tent, you may be like us and be freezing so much that you have to move to your car in the wee hours of the morning and by default you'll be awake before the sun rises! But if that is not the case for you, set your alarm. You won't want to miss the gorgeous views and the stunning sunlight shining through the fog. There's a scenic loop you can drive and there are plenty of places to pull look over. But even just driving the roads in the park (it's pretty big) we found the most gorgeous views, like this road above.

2. Stop at Millikan's Overlook. In the early morning you'll probably only see a person or two out. Fall colored leaves, sunrise, and fog- it's all there for you in the first part of the day. This is probably the coolest view in the park. It makes you feel very small.

3. Look out for wildlife. We saw plenty of deer (and raccoons) while staying at the park, and I know that seeing deer is very common, but it's still exciting every time I do.

4. Hike one of the many trails. The amount of trails here are endless. You mostly just have to figure out what length of hike you'd like to do and go from there. We only hiked the Woodland Trail from Fall Creek Falls to the nature center. This hike is short, but you get to see a lot! Unfortunately the nature center was closed for remodeling when we were there so the trail stopped there. Normally you can add on another trail from if you wanted a longer hike.

**It was not anywhere near Christmas time when we were on this trip, but Whitt only has one sweater and it was stinkin' cold, so he had to wear it.

This is the view over Cane Creek.

5. Walk the suspension bridge over Cane creek. We came across this on our hike from Fall Creek Falls itself, but you can also park really close to the bridge and hike down to it in about 5 minutes. The bridge is right by the nature center, so just find your way to that and you'll find the bridge!

This bridge is really swingy/bouncy. Which our dogs HATED. And honestly, if I hadn't been on one of these just a week before, I would've also not loved it. I guess you could say I got my "bridge legs" while we were in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But walking across was still a little unsettling. Especially since this water ends in a waterfall right near the bridge. But the view is breathtaking, so it's okay.

6. Check out Fall Creek Falls. I'm assuming this is the whole reason you want to go to the park! And while it is pretty cool, it surprisingly wasn't my favorite part of the park. I still loved it though! We actually ended up being at the waterfall when the sun was rising and also when it was setting. In the morning we saw two people during our whole gallivant. In the late afternoon is was really crowded. Also, for the dog owners out there, the trails around here are full with other people and their dogs. It made for an interesting hike since we too had our dogs. Let's just say there was a lot of barking happening, pretty often. This was fine with us, but something to keep in mind if you or your dog isn't a fan of other dogs.

7. Watch the sunset over Fall Creek Lake. This lake is small an not anything to write home about, except when the sun is setting. It was covered in fog in the morning so you couldn't even see what was going on. But go ahead and stop here in the evening.

If you've been to Fall Creek Falls State Park or are planning to go, we'd love to hear what you favorite parts were in the comments!

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